MS 970 Letters from James G. Swan to George Gibbs

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.MS970
Creators:
Swan, James G., 1818-1900
Old Toke
Gibbs, George, 1815-1873
Dates:
July 20, August 20, and September 4, 1855
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
9 Pages
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Contents relate to medicine men; story of the Thunder Bird; notes on religion, customs, tribal names, etc.
Scope and Contents
Letter of July 20 gives names of tribes from Columbia River to Cape Flattery, obtained from Old Toke; refers to vocabularies requested by Gibbs but not yet recorded by Swan, and visit to Capt. Vail at Gibbs' request, about collection of debt. Letter of August 20 discusses medicine "Tomanawas," relates stories of Thunderbird, the "Smisspee" (duck), the winds, and customs and religious beliefs of Indians from Columbia River to Nisqually.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 970

Using the Collection
Citation
Manuscript 970, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Names, tribal -- American Indian -- Northwest Coast Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folklore -- American Indian -- Northwest Coast Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Medicine -- American Indian -- Northwest Coast Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Language and languages -- Documentation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Northwest Coast Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Northwest Coast -- medicine men Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Northwest Coast -- Ethnology Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Northwest Coast -- Ducks Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Northwest Coast -- winds Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Northwest Coast -- tribe names Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Northwest Coast -- Thunder Bird Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
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Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
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